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Was there really a backlash against women in FIFA 16?

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So we heard last week that EA sports were going to be adding female teams to the game this year and within moments there was a huge flurry of articles shouting down the angry misogynistic mob who were so against women being added to their game.

Which is all good and well but the more articles I see going up about this the more it feels like people are just preaching and aren’t actually reacting to anything solid. So I started doing some research this morning to find the people who are so angry at the inclusion of females in the game and I have to admit that I’ve come up a bit short here.

I’ve found a smattering of twitter people who have made offensive jokes, some people who have said that they won’t buy the game now and many discussions around the quality of the women involved and how the rating system will work. Here’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about.

Peter Moore, the top dog at EA Sports, called out a hate below.

Now the guy (LP) is obviously a tool if he’s not going to buy the game because it now includes women but to call him a women hater and to then claim what he posted was vitriol is a bit of an over reaction, I think. The level of response from all sides of the media and personalities involved doesn’t seem to match the spattering of tweets from a small minority of the gaming public.

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So about those ratings

Every FIFA player knows that the rating system in FIFA is vital to the way the game plays and is, and always will be, a bone of contention with the fans. They either feel their star player is rated too low or their rival teams players are rated too highly. It’s never been a major disaster for anyone involved though but we are going to be having an internet sh*tstorm of note later this year when the women’s ratings are revealed.

It is an undisputed fact that the elite men are better at football than elite women. You can say it’s because the men’s game is bigger with a great deal more support, or because men are biologically stronger and faster than women but however you want to slice it the fact remains that the top female footballers are not as good as the top male footballers. So are FIFA going to rate them using the same secret rating system they use on all the men in the sport or are they going to give them their very own rating system.

Honestly I’m not sure which will cause the bigger offence.

They are either going to be rated mid to low levels in the game or are going to have inflated scores in their own rating system. Hey, at least all the white knights will have something to get upset about later this year.

Last Updated: June 1, 2015

53 Comments

  1. Blood Emperor Trevor

    June 1, 2015 at 10:40

    “elite men are better at football than elite wome.”

    LOOK AT THAT DISGUSTING “TYPO”! Calling womeN, wombs? Those people are more than just baby makers, Gavin! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!

    Reply

    • Pariah

      June 1, 2015 at 10:41

      I find your liberal use of caps offensive…

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        June 1, 2015 at 10:42

        How dare you call my caps liberal? They’re conservative!

        Reply

        • Pariah

          June 1, 2015 at 10:42

          Don’t lie, they’re right-wing! I know it! I heard it from this friend of mine who read about it on a website somewhere. It’s fact!

          Reply

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            June 1, 2015 at 10:44

            BS! Some guy on Reddit linked a Youtube video from another guy with more numbers than vowels in his name that says differently!

          • Pariah

            June 1, 2015 at 10:47

            Oh please, that guy was proven wrong once before, therefore he is always wrong. You can’t trust that kind of opinion… Do you even Reddit, bro?

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            June 1, 2015 at 10:48

            Obviously you’re part of the conspiracy against him. Can’t fool me!

          • Pariah

            June 1, 2015 at 10:49

            There isn’t a conspiracy. It’s about the ethical use of caps. Seriously…

          • Spathi

            June 1, 2015 at 10:45

            Kifflom brother brother! The 11th epsilon tract confirmed it fact!

  2. WitWolfy

    June 1, 2015 at 10:43

    “women” pft.. You talk about them as if they’re people… The nerve… JK

    Idiots are probably moaning because the women aint showing cleavage and whatnot.

    Reply

    • Splooshypooh

      June 1, 2015 at 11:31

      BEWB FIZZIKZ! :)B

      Reply

  3. Pariah

    June 1, 2015 at 10:45

    Also.

    I AM A BANANA!!!!

    Reply

    • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

      June 1, 2015 at 11:03

      Uuuuuh. Was he very much high when he drew these? Cause uh.. yeah..

      Reply

      • Pariah

        June 1, 2015 at 11:08

        In all honesty, this is a little tame compared to his more recent stuff. O_o

        It’s Avo territory, so I’ll leave you guys to search for it on your own.

        Reply

        • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

          June 1, 2015 at 11:14

          Crazy stuff. I don’t need any more. That dumbed me down by a fair few IQ points as it is. I prefer awesome crazy. Like Kung Fury. This is just… uh… what?

          Reply

          • Pariah

            June 1, 2015 at 11:15

            Kung Fury? Seriously? Next you’re going to tell me how amazing The Hoff is, and how Nightrider was the best series ever made…

          • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

            June 1, 2015 at 11:17

            It was FUNNY! It’s not my fault you’re a little Ginger Robot with no soul and can’t appreciate the nice things that the Hoff has done for Germany since WW2. πŸ˜›

  4. Hammersteyn

    June 1, 2015 at 10:46

    Trolls will be trolls because fire pools!

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 2, 2015 at 14:06

      and chicken coops.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        June 2, 2015 at 14:22

        XD

        Reply

  5. SEGA Neptune

    June 1, 2015 at 10:52

  6. ReaperOfSquirrels

    June 1, 2015 at 10:54

    I like the fact that they’ve added women into Fifa, they should have done it years ago.

    Reply

  7. SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

    June 1, 2015 at 10:57

    “I’m a banananananananananaaaaaaaa!”

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 2, 2015 at 14:06

      Uh. NO! I am the BANANANANA

      Reply

      • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

        June 2, 2015 at 14:09

        Please forgive me! Forgive me! You are the Banana! I’m the Batpanda. I just forgot for a moment.

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          June 2, 2015 at 14:18

          #ShufflesMonocle

          Reply

  8. SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

    June 1, 2015 at 10:59

    Can I quote you on this Gavin?

    “[O]r because men are biologically stronger and faster than women but however you want to slice it the fact remains that the top female footballers are not as good as the top male footballers.”

    Men are better. Biology. BOOM.

    *Edit: My gf was unimpressed by this line of reasoning.

    Reply

    • Pariah

      June 1, 2015 at 11:07

      Yeah it wasn’t your gf that was too sick to move for a week. πŸ˜›

      *RUNS… Wait. *DAWDLES. YOU CAN’T CATCH ME!

      Reply

  9. SEGA Neptune

    June 1, 2015 at 11:00

    Nep nep thinks that Ceri should have a word with those chauvinists πŸ™‚

    Reply

  10. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    June 1, 2015 at 11:01

    Soccer? Who cares about soccer. I would rather be riding a T-REX!!!!

    Reply

    • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

      June 1, 2015 at 11:08

      Hahahaha! Joke is on YOU! No one there is even riding a T-Rex!

      Reply

      • Pariah

        June 1, 2015 at 11:10

        Joke is on you! No feathers, so there aren’t even real dinosaurs in that!

        Reply

        • SargonTheBatpandaOfTI5

          June 1, 2015 at 11:17

          There are totes feathers on the little raptors! Look on their heads! They’re Hawaiian Raptors!

          Reply

      • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

        June 1, 2015 at 11:25

        But they stated that you can and that is all I care for.

        Reply

  11. Bagel

    June 1, 2015 at 11:06

    So as it turned out, after just a small bit of digging, you can come to the conclusion that it was just people A) taking the piss and B) a small handful of people genuinely outraged. WHAT A SURPRISE

    Reply

  12. The Sten

    June 1, 2015 at 11:19

    I wish the poll didnt force a reason on you. I want to vote yes but not for because its great for equality or some other such SJW bs. I want to vote yes because its a section of football that should of been added a long time ago.

    As for stats I assume they are not going to allow matches between males and females much like in real life so I would have no problem having the best female player getting a high rating of 90+ or whatever and every other female player getting a comparatively reflective score similar to males.

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      June 1, 2015 at 11:29

      so vote who cares

      Reply

  13. Goal9

    June 1, 2015 at 11:24

    Nothing wrong with having female players in the game; this should have happened ages ago.
    BUT
    That Twitter post is exactly the kind of thinking EA is doing lately; they want to hide behind the Social Justice Warriors. They use the likes of us gays to defend their business practices. Want to criticize them for copying and pasting resources from the previous FIFA into the new one? Guess what? You cant! They’ll accuse you that you’re only attacking them because you’re a homophobic misogynistic arse and nothing else.

    I dont like being anybody’s shield and you guys shouldn’t be fooled either.

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      June 1, 2015 at 11:50

      Yeah, it is annoying, I see your point. Not just about EA, but yeah, is easy to use PC to deflect issues.

      Reply

  14. Brady miaau

    June 1, 2015 at 11:35

    I also think a large section of the “negative” comments (see FFD last Friday) is of people trying to be funny. Trouble is, some people think it is funny, but I am not sure female soccer players would think it is funny.

    And I have watched some the female World Cup games. There are some seriously, seriously talented woman out there, a lot of them American (strong league). I think perhaps they play, in general, less physical game then the men (not much less, they also fly in sometimes), but my general feeling, watching some games at last Women’s World Cup (Fifa), was that they played a bit more “intelligent” football. Can I compare to men’s teams? Who knows? These women were also not physically weak, judging by looks (not bodybuilders, but certainly very fit)

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  15. Mark Treloar

    June 1, 2015 at 11:43

    Leave this here

    Reply

    • Ramette

      June 1, 2015 at 14:37

      I love that πŸ™‚

      Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      June 2, 2015 at 07:59

      She got nothing on these guys

      Reply

  16. Deceased

    June 1, 2015 at 11:46

    Loving this… Can’t wait for people to throw more wood on this “everyone is equal” fire – pretty soon we’ll be out of wood and we’ll be able to move on with our lives 😐

    Reply

  17. Gardos

    June 1, 2015 at 12:05

    Having followed the woman’s game on and off over the last couple years, I can say this is long overdue. Many women’s teams would make some very good men’s teams look like proper amateurs.

    Sure they may not be on the same level but considering the lack of investment and the fact that most women’s teams aren’t even professional, they’re pretty damn close. Level the playing fields in terms of development etc and I reckon many women would be closer to the Messi’s of this world than most would think.

    Now EA, please overhaul career mode!!!

    Reply

  18. konfab

    June 1, 2015 at 12:09

    Banana master race reporting in.

    Reply

  19. konfab

    June 1, 2015 at 12:12

    I would love to pit Banyana against Bafana, would probably be quite a one sided match.

    Reply

  20. I_am_Duffman!

    June 1, 2015 at 12:35

    I don’t mind ladies in the game. In fact. The best ladies can even be in the high 80’s or early 90’s rating wise. As long as you can’t play Men vs Woman, because that will definitely be a massive mess…

    Reply

  21. Mabenito

    June 1, 2015 at 13:02

    …lot’s of similarities between Zuma and certain gamers. I guess we deserve this government then, voting poll taken into consideration.

    Reply

  22. Mark Treloar

    June 1, 2015 at 15:46

  23. Tbone187

    June 1, 2015 at 15:53

    Does it feature any of the Kadashians?

    Reply

  24. Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

    June 1, 2015 at 16:11

    Totally agree with you Gav.

    It really shouldn’t matter. And the ratings should be all on the same scale ie: no separate systems. Otherwise that’s misogyny right there.

    Reply

  25. PE3NIS

    June 1, 2015 at 17:27

    ai laik womanz

    Reply

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